Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)Q: What is ASES? I see it when I read about after school programs.
ASES stands for After School Education and Safety and is the name of the state grant that finances the program. CHOICES is an ASES program.
Q: How can I enroll my child?
Contact your local Site Coordinator for registration forms and to see if space is available.
Q: My child does not attend one of the schools listed on the Sites page. Can I enroll them at one of the listed school sites anyway?
Unfortunately, only students who are enrolled at a school on the Sites page are eligible to participate.
Q: What does CHOICES stand for?
Children's Haven of Opportunity, Integrating Culture, Education and Success
Q: How much does it cost to send my child to this program?
The CHOICES After School Program is a free, state-funded program.
Q: If my child is also receiving tutoring after school from teachers or SES provider on campus, can they still attend CHOICES?
Yes. Students may participate in both. See the Site Coordinator for specific procedures.
Q: How late does my child have to stay in the program?
Students are expected to stay the full day of program, every day, at least 15 hours per week and until at least 6:00 p.m. This is to ensure they receive the entire scope of academic support they need. If students need to leave earlier, parents should consult the Early Release Policy. Students who can participate regularly will have priority enrollment over those who cannot.
Q: Does CHOICES enroll Kindergartners?
This decision is made on a site-specific basis. Each school's needs are slightly different, as are maximum capacity numbers. If a school discovers academic support is most needed at other grade levels, those high priority grade levels will be offered first. If vacancies still exist after that, then the school may opt to enroll Kindergartners as well as other grade levels.
Q: Is CHOICES a "drop in" program?
No. CHOICES is a daily program with a structured environment, focused on student learning.
Q: Does my child have to attend every day?
Elementary students (K-6) are expected to attend daily. Middle School students are expected to attend daily, however, because of extra-curricular after school activities outside of CHOICES (e.g., sports, band, flags, etc.), they may attend a minimum of 9 hours per week. In either case, students who can participate every day for the full day of program will have priority enrollment over those who cannot.
Q: Does CHOICES guarantee my child's homework will be done by the end of the day, every day?
CHOICES is not a homework completion program. We are obligated by the state grant to offer students academic and enrichment activities every day. Most students do complete their homework because they use time wisely. Parents are expected to review their child's homework every night to make sure it is complete.
Q: I submitted my child's registration form weeks ago. Why are they still on a waiting list?
Students are enrolled from the waiting list in the order registration forms are received when there are vacancies in their grade level. There may be additional wait time if a site is short-staffed or waiting on hiring of a new staff member.
Q: How will I know my child can begin attending CHOICES after I turn in the registration form?
Site Coordinators will contact families by phone prior to them being able to start the program. Students sent to the program before this communication will be sent to the school office and must be picked up immediately by their parent/guardian.
Q: I work until 7:30 p.m. and my 12-year-old daughter is the only person who can pick up my first grader. Is this okay?
Our policy only authorizes persons 16 years or older to sign students out of the program.
Q: Who can I contact if I have a suggestion to make, or concern to address, regarding the program?
Please call the After School Program office at (559) 651-0155. Someone will be happy to assist you.
Tulare County Office of Education
CHOICES After School Program
7000 Doe Avenue, Building 300, Visalia, CA 93291
Frank Silveira, Administrator
(559) 651-0155 • fax: (559) 651-0172
Jim Vidak, County Superintendent of Schools
Tulare County Office of Education
All mail to: P.O. Box 5091, Visalia, CA 93278-5091
Physical address: 6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA 93277
phone: (559) 733-6300 • fax: (559) 627-5219
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